Readiness Support under Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Programme Components

It is crucial that developing countries are able to effectively access and deploy resources from the Green Climate Fund. That is why the Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to enhance country ownership and access. This "country readiness" funding is a dedicated and cross-cutting programme that maximizes the effectiveness of the Fund by empowering developing countries. This support may be delivered to countries directly through National Designated Authorities (NDAs) or Focal Points; which in Pakistan’s context is the Federal Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC).

National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) is the first ever national entity in Pakistan selected by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), after a detailed Financial Management Capacity Assessment (FMCA), to execute the readiness support fund. This readiness support aims to strengthen the institutional capacity; to manage climate finance, including the capacity to design, implement and monitor the institutional arrangements required at various levels and a clear and inclusive strategic framework as country programme and for the engagement with the Green Climate Fund. Following are the major components of this readiness support:

1. Country Framework on Climate Change

Development of Strategic Framework as Country's Programme for Pakistan on Climate Change Initiatives and Priorities for the engagement with the GCF is one of the major components of readiness support fund. Following points will be addressed during development of this country framework:

  • Stock-take of the existing strategies, policies, and needs assessments including the Climate Change Policy, the vulnerability assessments and adaptation measures in place for Pakistan;
  • Through consultative process, identify investment priorities for engagement with the Fund and map them to GCF’s impact areas.
  • Define and disseminate broad alignment criteria in line with the Climate Change Policy and other policy objectives and priorities of the country and the GCF focus areas for prioritizing the potential programmes for the Fund;
  • Through the country coordination and stakeholder engagement process, develop a Country Programme identifying roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders, programming priorities and entry points, alignment with Fund’s objectives and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework etc (as per GCF Country Programme Format).
  • Support for the development of provincial framework on climate change policies and priorities; not limited to but atleast for 1-2 provinces of Pakistan

2. Stakeholders Consultation

Objective of this activity is to consult and engage all relevant stakeholders including relevant federal and provincial government departments and ministries (climate change, environment, planning and development, forest etc) and other development organizations; during development of Strategic Framework as Country's Programme for Pakistan on Climate Change Initiatives and Priorities for the engagement with the GCF. First round of consultation was done in March, 2017 through organization of a stakeholder’s consultation workshop in Muzaffarabad-AJK; in which more than 80 relevant stakeholders from all around Pakistan participated and who shared their valuable inputs. National Rural Support Programme has already hired experienced Consultants who have started working on the development of stated country framework; keeping in view the feedback taken from the stakeholders. Stakeholders consultation is a continuous activity part of this readiness support and will continue until the end of this intervention.

3. Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development component was made part of the readiness support so that expected future resources/funds from Green Climate Fund (GCF) could be implemented more efficiently. After finalization of the Country Framework staff of National Designation Authority (Ministry of Climate Change), potential implementation entities for GCF and representatives of development organizations will be trained and made aware on the following:

  • Strategic Framework as Country Programme on engagement with the GCF
  • GCF coordination process and procedural mechanisms

Exchange of experience with best practice NDAs around the world will also be part of Human Resource Development component. Key staff from ministry of climate change will visit experienced NDAs around the world for learning and replication purpose.

4. Assessment of NIEs on GCF Standards

Ministry of Climate Change will recommend two potential National Implementation Entities (NIEs); who will be supported to prepare for accreditation to be done by Green Climate Fund. National Rural Support Programme will hire an independent firm which will process the detailed assessment of selected entities as per the GCF accreditation standards. After assessment, a gap assessment report will be shared with these entities and entities will be given time to fill the gaps before submission of formal application to GCF for accreditation.